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  1. What kiind of exhaust fan? Where did you place...

    What kiind of exhaust fan? Where did you place it?

    Do you think zoning would help with the humidity issue? I'm tired of my cookies getting soggy. :(
  2. Thank you for the suggestions guys. I had...

    Thank you for the suggestions guys. I had someone ask about humidity, placement of thermostat, etc.

    The thermostat is on the first floor, right above the return. There is no thermostat on the...
  3. Thanks guys! I feel better already. :) Just...

    Thanks guys! I feel better already. :)

    Just to summarize what I think I'm hearing....

    (A) go ahead with energy audit and insulation updates as needed.
    (B) get the system retrofitted for...
  4. That's what I was afraid of. Thanks for being...

    That's what I was afraid of. Thanks for being brave enough to give me the bad news though. :)

    It is just so confusing and hard to know where to start... I guess the energy audit. Hold off on the...
  5. Ack! So essentially you're saying that it's...

    Ack! So essentially you're saying that it's going to be very expensive to run...so my whole desire to make it cycle less and run more is going to result in lots of moolah.

    Without having all the...
  6. Help! Did we walk into a disaster with an oversized system?

    Hello! Thank you in advance for any insights...

    My family just purchased a basement cape cod (brick), and moved in this week. We live in East Tennessee, therefore have been experience...
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    Ack! My family starves as I type. I'll provide...

    Ack! My family starves as I type. I'll provide another (hopefully happier) update as events warrant!
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    And....thanks for your service, iraqveteran!!!!!

    And....thanks for your service, iraqveteran!!!!!
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    Thanks guys. I am not litigious by nature (but...

    Thanks guys. I am not litigious by nature (but rather soft-hearted), but I gotta tell you! Being treated so shabbily by this contractor has driven me to it. I do have a former co-worker who is a...
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    Thank you, BeenThere!

    Thank you, BeenThere!
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    He would try nonetheless....and we can't afford...

    He would try nonetheless....and we can't afford (literally) to have him make any more messes. I feel like we gave him a month to correct the issues....he didn't, but instead made more messes. Now I...
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    Beenthere....problem is, I'm pretty sure he...

    Beenthere....problem is, I'm pretty sure he doesn't know how to use them. :( If I was in a more jovial mood I would have laughed. He said, "How was I supposed to know? I'm not a prophet, I can't...
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    Shophound, where do I begin? Same things that...

    Shophound, where do I begin? Same things that you and others mentioned just by looking at it:

    (1) Ducts too small for the 3.5 ton system (sized for 1000 cfms), register openings too small for...
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    Forgot to mention in case it wasn't included in...

    Forgot to mention in case it wasn't included in the monster thread several weeks ago....when he came out he bumped down the blower speed hoping it would solve the whole issue....which it didn't. But...
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    The Return of WorryWart

    A quick update on my sad tale of woe:

    Dude comes out and attempts to solve problems by replacing metal with a flex return, putting flex on duct in entryway so guests are not deafened by the roar,...
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    Signing off for today! Thanks to all! (More...

    Signing off for today! Thanks to all!

    (More questions sure to follow. :) )
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    Yeah, I am a bit of a badger, aren't I? :p

    Yeah, I am a bit of a badger, aren't I? :p
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    Yeah, that's why I wish you guys were closer! ...

    Yeah, that's why I wish you guys were closer!

    He added a return to the basement addition (for some reason there wasn't one there). It is only a 12x12 grate with a flexible duct but the sound...
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    We will certainly use the information provided...

    We will certainly use the information provided here and do our best to get this guy to step up.

    But on the basic issue then, of a potentially oversized unit (at least oversized for ducts), is...
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    Thanks for the encouragement, MGM2! Yeah, my...

    Thanks for the encouragement, MGM2! Yeah, my intimidation levels are decreasing daily, and we have pretty much figured that we are going to have to go elsewhere eventually. Half of it is clearly...
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    Get this, when I said I didn't like the look of...

    Get this, when I said I didn't like the look of those lines he said, "Awwwwh, it ain't so bad.." and to demonstrate, he slide the blower cover over to get in there and reduce blower speed. Then, he...
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    Haha...most of it has been the Cliff Notes...

    Haha...most of it has been the Cliff Notes version. Although, of course I suggested he read the whole thread! I told him he'd benefit from the education I've received. It has been invaluable! ...
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    He came back yesterday afternoon (not the...

    He came back yesterday afternoon (not the installing team--the owner-operator himself). Somewhere down the line is the full recap.

    BAsically it was pulling teeth to get him to agree to fix the...
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    So, when they actually put in a new pump (still...

    So, when they actually put in a new pump (still trying to get them to mop up the egregious install snafus. remember)...considering that I can't be confident they will put in the right one, what shall...
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    Oh my. And on that note...:)

    Oh my. And on that note...:)
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    Hmmm, okay. It just seemed odd that he walked...

    Hmmm, okay. It just seemed odd that he walked in, heard the vents and started murmuring about voltage. Maybe you all are right and he has no clue and he just thought that would impress me.

    Oh...
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    Female, yes. Of course, I could have dentures...

    Female, yes. Of course, I could have dentures and a hairy back, too! teehee

    So all the power issues that spring to mind have to do with the condensate pump?
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    I should have know Twilli "Crane" had a racket...

    I should have know Twilli "Crane" had a racket going somehow! :)
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    Except he never replaced the pump....just reused...

    Except he never replaced the pump....just reused the old one! (Goes from bad to worse, doesn't it!!

    He says now that he is going to replace it (first he said he'd replace it if it went bad, but...
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    Unfortunately (and stupidly, in retrospect), by...

    Unfortunately (and stupidly, in retrospect), by check. I'm pretty sure it must have cleared yesterday or this morning....but maybe not. Would it be horrible of me to withold payment?

    Hey, when...
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    Yeah, I'm beginning to think I'm in danger of...

    Yeah, I'm beginning to think I'm in danger of wearing out my welcome! :)
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    Sorry, it was an earlier post I made: "Okay,...

    Sorry, it was an earlier post I made:

    "Okay, here is a possible new twist? When he first came in he was murmuring something about 110 and 220 and having to fix it. He told the neighbor on his way...
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    Thank you Mr Bill! It is a comfort to know that...

    Thank you Mr Bill! It is a comfort to know that there are those out there who DO care!

    I was just trying to start by following up on the "let him make it right" train of thought out...
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    Yep, thanks to your info last night, I knew what...

    Yep, thanks to your info last night, I knew what to ask him to do. He is just in the clouds half the time. A busy time of year, I know, but....maybe he's a "don't know" (and not a "don't care")? ...
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    Hmmmm...I really don't know. It had rained...

    Hmmmm...I really don't know. It had rained earlier that day. But, it does clearly look like condensation on the valve/pump/whatever the heck.
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    BTW, how is he killing the compresser and what...

    BTW, how is he killing the compresser and what can I do to save its poor little life?
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    Oh, oh, oh, by meter you mean automatically...

    Oh, oh, oh, by meter you mean automatically meters? So he doesn't need to manually adjust after changing the blower then?
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    Yeah, but if he refuses to use it, then maybe...

    Yeah, but if he refuses to use it, then maybe there is something worth worrying about, no? :)
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    New Twist?

    Okay, here is a possible new twist? When he first came in he was murmuring something about 110 and 220 and having to fix it. He told the neighbor on his way in that he was going to change out a...
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    There is one large return upstairs and one small...

    There is one large return upstairs and one small 12X12 in the basement. Touching the grills changes nothing.

    Man, I wish one of you was here to talk to him. I talked until I was blue in the face...
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    What's a TXV?

    What's a TXV?
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    So the guy comes and reduces the blower speed but...

    So the guy comes and reduces the blower speed but says he doesn't have to check static pressure or adjust refrigerant. The upshot is he wants to insulate the return to cut down on the reverb and...
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    Oh no, do I have to shave my legs for this? :)...

    Oh no, do I have to shave my legs for this? :) (Gotta know country to get that one!)
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    Yeah, I saw that, but didn't find it listed on...

    Yeah, I saw that, but didn't find it listed on the NATE listing. Which (I know this is a personal call) takes precedence? Any others?

    One thing about this area...30 miles doesn't sound like far,...
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    Oh, and the fear that the unit might explode the...

    Oh, and the fear that the unit might explode the house due to crazy install. That too. :(
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    37814

    37814
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    I'm weighing that one. Does anonymity of...

    I'm weighing that one. Does anonymity of location (and thus contractor) result in more candid assessments on this board? Don't want anyone feeling any compunction or anything. :)
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    Okay, thanks! It's not a big deal if it's...

    Okay, thanks! It's not a big deal if it's normal....my deal is still the air at vents and also the resonance around the house!
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    Don't worry, be happy!

    :p
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    Oh, okay, thanks! I may have to pursue that...

    Oh, okay, thanks! I may have to pursue that route (although I hope I won't)!

    It is now raining, so I'm despairing of EVER seeing the contractor's face again. :( Meantime, I am looking into...
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